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  • Vinyl (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beer City Records
  • ASIN: B0002N528A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vinyl LP repressing of the 1985 sophomore album from the Punk metalheads. Where do you go and what do you do when you achieve near legendary status with your debut album? In D.R.I.'s world, you release Dealing With It, a record that infused their increasing technicality with a love of Metal and the raw, fast as hell Hardcore sound that they patented. Surpassing their debut was never going to be easy, but with this album, D.R.I. managed to do just that in a maelstrom of vicious, catchy, cerebral Hardcore and Metal.

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Thrash would sound like Judas Priest on steroids.
Zander Haberstaft
If you don't think this is a masterpiece then you should be ashamed of yourself...ASHAMED!
Tim Timmy
The lyrics and music are amazing, it has an incredibly real and simple feel to it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zander Haberstaft on September 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It is hard to think it has already been twenty years since this album came out but when this came out in the Summer of 1985 (around July) it made quite the splash. I still have the original vinyl record that has the sticker on it with the above quote from Dave Lombardo, an early supporter of D.R.I. and this album came out a couple months before "Hell Awaits" and before S.O.D.'s "Speak English or Die". This review is long, but that is the least this album deserves.

But my do times change. Most people today either don't know or have some distain for D.R.I. Just shows you how foolish the kids who run the scene are these days. But without this band who influenced (directly or indirectly) legions of other bands, where would we be? Thrash would sound like Judas Priest on steroids. We also wouldn't have Death Metal or Grindcore. Want names of the influenced? How about Kreator, Dark Angel, Slayer (of course), S.O.D., Nuclear Assault, Vio-lence, Cryptic Slaughter, Hirax, even Napalm Death, to name just of few in the D.R.I. mold.

What "Dealing with It" represents is a slight transition from their previous 1983 effort titled "The Dirty Rotten LP". That album earned them the title of "Fastest band in the world" which was totally true for years afterword despite what one reviewer thinks of a bad MA band that wasn't faster. That '83 LP is as good as this one but has one major difference, the song writing isn't as good as it is on "Dealing With It". The '83 LP goes from sludgy slow to insanely fast almost effortlessy. That idea is preserved here but the transitions in speed aren't as drastic. In '84 we had the "Violent Pacification" EP with heavier sounds guitars and a lot of palm muting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Malone on February 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I think of 1986, I think:

Slayer- Reign In Blood
Corrosion of Conformity- Animosity
Metallica- Master of Puppets
DRI- Dealing With It

Dealing With It is a bona fide thrash classic. As far as I'm concerned, it belongs in every record collection. This reissue goes the extra mile with some bonus tracks, mostly early demo versions of Dealing With It songs, some with a pre-Josh/Felix line up. These are kinda fun to hear; primitive, more basic performances where Spike's signature little squeeky harmonic embellishments are noticably absent. A couple of the tracks sound like they experimented with the idea of recording the vocals at a lower speed, probably to give Kurt a chance to get all of the lyrics out in time. But the effect is that it sounds like Kurt's about 11 years old, or half chipmunk. It also contains a video of an interview, though unfortunately it isn't very interesting.

The only thing keeping this from a five star rating is that some errors were made in the remastering process. It's barely noticable, but at least one track gets cut off early. Oh well. Nothing's perfec.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernesto Catalan Valdez on March 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When D.R.I.'s "Dealing With It" came out in 1985, very few people within the metal community had ever heard of them. Some of their early champions, after all, were metalheads, like SLAYER's Dave Lombardo. So, after hearing such praise from some of Thrash Metal's most respected drummers, I proceeded to buy the album. Boy, was I in for a RIDE! This had to be the fastest, dirtiest album I have EVER heard up to that point. It wasn't necessarily "heavy" (although, it actually is, compared to what's being paraded as 'punk' these days!), but it sounds, even to this day, mercilessly FAST....and CATCHY! Yep, the songs, no matter how fast they are, stick in your head: "I Don't Need Society", "Snap", "Marriage", Reaganomics, "Mad Man", Couch Slouch", "Equal People"...the song list goes on (the album has 25 songs! A true 'rarity' at the time!). The production is actually quite clear; you can hear every instrument...it's not just a blast noise. The drumming of Felix is beyond human. Few HC drummers had this manic flair for lightning fast rolls played with surgical precision. The vocals of Kurt Brecht must have been the FASTEST ever. Not even grindcore kings NAPALM DEATH sang THIS fast! Their lyrics were just a blur, while D.R.I.'s lyrics can actually be followed, albeit, at unbelievable speeds. The guitar sounds of Spike are predating the hardcore-metal crossover. D.R.I. were one of the original crossover bands (bands that mixed punk and metal alike), although most of "Dealing With It" resides in the "punk" side of things. It wasn't until the next album (the aptly titled, "Crossover") that the band embraced the metal sound dearly. "Dealing With It" must be seen as a milestone for the punk genre. It's an album that shows an evolutory stage within the punk genre and succeeds at it. If you really wish to hear what a true CROSSOVER band sounds like, then THIS is the album you've been waiting to hear!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank Saponare on August 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This record is basically a rehashed DIRTY ROTTEN ep (with a few new tricks, and new songs to match). The change the band, and the rerecorded songs, went under within a period of 3 years is mind-blowing and dwarfs their previous studio efforts (not to mention any effort they would make in the future).

DRep was the fastest hardcore record released in its time frame (yes, i'm aware of The Neos, Siege, Koro, Negative FX, Mob47 and anything you could throw at me) but DEALING WITH IT is angrier, tighter, and just plain better...plus, you can see that they've finally learned how to play. They kept it short, sweet, and used the heavy shreds as a garnish rather then a main ingredient (which they should have kept doing).

When I think of THRASH, I think of this record before I think of the crossover acts of the mid/late 80s (dri included) and before I think of the classics that paved the way. DRI is the flagship thrash unit and DEALING WITH IT is the best record of the genre.

easily in the top ten greatest hardcore records ever released.
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